Boris Malagurski

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Boris Malagurski
Boris Malagurski Raindance.jpg
Malagurski at the Raindance Film Festival
Born (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 26)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2005–present

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, television host and activist.[1] He is the director and producer of documentary films such as The Weight of Chains and Belgrade.

He is the owner of the Malagurski Cinema production company, based in Vancouver, Canada.

Life and work

Born to Prof. Dr. Sc. Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.[2]

Since Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005, he identifies himself as Serbian Canadian.[3] Malagurski made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. The film was shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show.[4]

According to the Malagurski Cinema website, Malagurski has been a columnist with Kišobran (lit. Umbrella), a Serbian language monthly newspaper published in Vancouver. Again according to the website, he was the founding president of the Serbian Youth League in Vancouver in February 2008.[5]

Kosovo: Can You Imagine?

Malagurski's documentary film Kosovo: Can You Imagine? (2009) deals with human rights of Serbs in Kosovo.[6] The Pečat Magazine described the film as "An objective, authentic journalistic approach to the issue, as well as brave work on the field, make this documentary an accomplishment envied by any author". The film features several prominent experts regarding the subject of the Balkans, such as Ret. Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, Fmr. Amb. James Byron Bissett and Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, who help analyze the state in which the disputed province finds itself since declaring secession from Serbia. In realizing this film project, Malagurski received help from Canadian author and journalist Scott Taylor and Princess Linda, from the House of Karađorđević, as well as UNMIK official John Hawthorne and Irish diplomat Mary Walsh, to whom the film is dedicated.[7] In December 2009, the documentary had its broadcast premiere on RT TV network.[8]

The Weight of Chains

His film The Weight of Chains (2010) deals with Western involvement in the breakup of Yugoslavia.[1] The film is supported by the Global Research Institute[9][citation needed],and tackles the question of why Yugoslavia fell apart.[10]

The Belgrade-based daily newspaper Blic noted that this film "exploded on the Internet" and became the topic of many blogs and discussions.[11] The Politika newspaper wrote that over a million people saw The Weight of Chains over the Internet.[12] The film was shown at film festivals as well as cinemas in the United States, Australia and Canada.[11] In October 2011, the film was broadcast on RTV BN,[13] and on RTRS in January 2012.[14] The Croatian media portal described "The Weight of Chains" as a "controversial film" that explores "the causes and circumstances that lead to the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars in that region"[citation needed]. As of 2012, the film is distributed worldwide by Journeyman Pictures.[15] When the journalist Miroslav Filipović asked Malagurski whether he'd agree that his film is "one-sided" and "too Serbian", Malagurski answered that it can only be both "too Serbian" and "too Croatian" as it's "in the interest of the people of that part of the world".[16]


In April 2012, Malagurski announced the production of a sequel, The Weight of Chains 2, which will, according to the author, continue where the first part ended.[12] The film will include interviews with Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Carla Del Ponte, R. James Woolsey, Ivo Josipović, Vuk Jeremić, Michael Ruppert, Mlađan Dinkić, Michael Parenti, Miroslav Lazanski and others.[12][17][18][19][20] As of June 2014, the film has not been released.[21]


Boris Malagurski interviewing Novak Djokovic for Belgrade

In 2011 Malagurski started working on a documentary film about Belgrade, which aimed to capture the spirit of the Serbian capital. The film has been described as the first feature documentary about Belgrade.[22] The author claims that Belgrade boasts a unique quality and energy, in spite of the fact that it was destroyed and rebuilt over 40 times in its history and that the greatest attraction of the city are the citizens themselves.[23][24] The film had its world premiere on 19 October 2013 at Sava Centar in Belgrade.[25]

The documentary features interviews with Belgraders, such as tennis player Novak Djokovic, and is in English. In an interview for Večernje novosti, a Belgrade-based daily newspaper, Malagurski said that he made a break from producing the film while working on a documentary called "The Presumption of Justice", but that he still aims to show the capital of Serbia in the best possible way, as well as to inspire foreigners to come and visit it.[26]


As of January 2013, Boris Malagurski is the host of "Revolution" (Serbian: Револуција), a weekly TV show on Happy TV, a Serbian television network with national frequency.[27] According to Malagurski, the goal of the show, which features documentary segments and interviews with state officials, political and economic analysts, psychologists, foreign experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia, is to come up with an answer to the question - why do people still have a low standard of living and what can be done to change that.[28] Malagurski doesn't solve issues in the TV show, but aims to provoke initiative so that the citizens can move forward.[29]

Media and lectures

The Serbian newspaper "Politika" described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore",[1] though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year.[30] The description was taken up by Press[31] and other media outlets in the region.

Malagurski regularly gives speeches about his film making tactics and current social, political and economic issues in the Balkans, he has spoken at the Faculty of Law,[32][33] the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade,[34] at the Novi Sad Law School and the University of Novi Sad Medical School and Faculty of Philosophy,[35] as well as the Management Faculty in Sremski Karlovci.[36] He also gave a speech on "guerilla filmmaking" at the Megatrend University in Belgrade[37]

Malagurski took part the "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" conference organized by the Belgrade Youth Office of the City Government of Belgrade[38] and the "Trustees of Kosovo Thought" conference at the 57th International Book Fair in Belgrade organized by the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.[39]


When Kosovo declared independence in 2008, Malagurski spoke at a protest which drew a crowd of hundreds.[40] In 2009 he was named among the "Top 30 Under 30 Serbian Young Entrepreneurs" at the Serbian International Diaspora Youth Leadership Conference, chaired by Tijana Arnautović, while in 2011, Malagurski was a keynote speaker at the annual Conference.[41][42][dead link] Occasionally, Malagurski writes articles for the political magazine New Serbian political thought[43][44][45] and produced a video report for the Centre for Research on Globalization.[46]

In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film "The Weight of Chains" at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border,[47] which he claims was a show of support for the Serbs' cause in fighting for their rights in the disputed province.[48] In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the building of Radio Television Serbia that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film "The Weight of Chains" on Serbia's public broadcaster.[49] In front of hundreds of protesters, Malagurski stated that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, told Malagurski that the film received a positive review, but couldn't be aired on RTS because it was allegedly already aired on Happy TV, which Malagurski claimed wasn't true.[50] Malagurski provided signed and stamped documentation from Happy TV in which it's written that Happy TV never aired "The Weight of Chains".[51] On October 24, 2012, exactly 100 years after the Battle of Kumanovo, Malagurski, together with other Serbian activists, organized a "Thanksgiving walk of remembrance" that started in front of the Government of Serbia building and continued to the Novo groblje cemetery complex where the organizers laid a wreath on the tomb of Radomir Putnik, the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian army in the Balkan Wars.[52]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2005 The Canada Project Yes No No Yes
2009 Kosovo: Can You Imagine? Yes No Yes Yes
2011 The Weight of Chains Yes Yes Yes No
2012 The Presumption of Justice Yes Yes Yes No
2013 Belgrade Yes Yes Yes No
Year Title Director Host Notes
2013 Revolucija (Season 1) Yes Yes 20 episodes from January to June
Revolucija (Season 2) Yes Yes 16 episodes from September to December
2014 Revolucija (Season 3) Yes Yes 12 episodes from January to present

Awards and screenings


  1. ^ a b c Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
  2. ^ „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
  3. ^ Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
  4. ^ Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
  5. ^ "Malagurski Cinema - About". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Kosovo: Can You Imagine on IMDb
  7. ^ Nepodnošljiva lakoća istine - Pečat Magazine May 26, 2011
  8. ^ Kosovo: Can you imagine? XL Reports | Russia Today, December 11, 2009
  9. ^ New Documentary Film by Boris Malagurski | Global Research, January 7, 2010
  10. ^ Srbi se konačno probudili i udružili Novine Toronto, March 26, 2010
  11. ^ a b Kapitalizam pljačka Srbiju Blic
  12. ^ a b c Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  13. ^ BN - SREDA 19.10.2011 21:00 - Težina lanaca, dokumentarni film
  14. ^ TEŽINA LANACA - dokumentarni film, RTRS
  15. ^ Journeyman Pictures : Documentaries Serbia - The Weight Of Chains - 124 min 30 sec
  16. ^ Yugoslavia was the predecessor of the EU | Boris Malagurski Interview for
  17. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 About
  18. ^ The Interviewees | Oliver Stone
  19. ^ The Interviewees | Carla Del Ponte
  20. ^ The Interviewees | Ivo Josipović
  21. ^ Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  22. ^ Belgrade premiere | DanuBeogradu
  23. ^ Kultura : Zagolicajmo maštu turista Politika, 5 October 2011
  24. ^ Belgrade with Boris Malagurski Official Website
  25. ^ RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013 | Radio Television Serbia
  26. ^ Boris Malagurski: Želim da radim u Srbiji Večernje novosti
  27. ^ Revolucija Happy TV
  28. ^ The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV
  29. ^ Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
  30. ^ Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
  31. ^ New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
  32. ^ "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" conference at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, featuring Boris Malagurski
  33. ^ Video of Boris Malagurski at the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade
  34. ^ "Kosovo - Where is the solution?" conference at the Faculty of Political Sciences, featuring Boris Malagurski
  35. ^ The Weight of Chains at the Faculty of Philosophy
  36. ^ "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
  37. ^ Reditelj Boris Malagurski posetio Megatrend Megatrent
  38. ^ Tribina Should I Stay Or Should I Go Kancelarija za mlade
  39. ^ Kancelarija za Kosovo i Metohiju na 57. Međunarodnom sajmu knjiga u Beogradu od 21. do 28. oktobra 2012. Program
  40. ^ Protesters rally against Kosovo independence, Global TV, February 24, 2008
  41. ^ 30 under 30
  42. ^ Top 30 Under 30 Serbian Young Entrepreneurs Tanjug
  43. ^ Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
  44. ^ Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
  45. ^ Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
  46. ^ Fracturing Serbia: Vojvodina The Next Powder Keg Boris Malagurski for GRTV
  47. ^ Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011
  48. ^ We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
  49. ^ Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
  50. ^ RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
  51. ^ Protest ispred zgrade RTS Pravda
  52. ^ Thanksgiving walk United Journalists of Serbia Press Centre
  53. ^ a b Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
  54. ^
  55. ^ RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009
  56. ^ Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Glas Srbije, May 11, 2009
  57. ^ Težina lanaca: Kritika uloge NATO, EU i SAD i raspadu SFRJ BELDOCS 2011
  58. ^ [1] Raindance Film Festival 2011
  59. ^ Radio Television Serbia | The Weight of Chains in London
  60. ^ MIFF Schedule End of World Showcase
  61. ^ "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
  62. ^ Ann Arbor Docu Fest: The Weight of Chains

External links

Official websites

Print media interviews